fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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Fraud email example:
From: Barrister Karl Smith <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2008 10:36:27 -0400
Subject: REPLY BACK PLEASE.
My name is Karl Smith. and I am proposing you to stand in as the next of kin of a late expatriate client who died in a car crash with his immediate family on the 5th of Nov 2004 without leaving a will. Until the mishap, he worked as an independent oil Business magnate in my country. Since his death, all efforts to locate any of his extended relatives to claim his abandoned Funds have been to no avail.
My proposition is for you to stand in as the next of kin to the depositor. As stated earlier, he died without making a"WILL" making it possible to arrange the transfer of rights and privileges of the deceased to you.
If you are interested, kindly reply immediately with the under listed details to firstname.lastname@example.org
1.Your Full Names
2.Your current Mobile telephone and fax numbers
5.Your Current address
This will enable me file necessary documents at our high court probate division for the release of this sum of money in your favor.
I will send you more details as soon as I hear from you, thanks.
Note that you are not sending any money to me.